§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define the criteria on which he will judge someone as requesting political asylum as against someone avoiding political retribution on financial, legal, economic or other grounds.
§ Mr. Waddington
Any application for asylum is judged by reference to the definition of the term refugee contained in article 1 A(2) of the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees. While it is possible that a person seeking to avoid retribution on the grounds specified by the hon. Member might also qualify for refugee recognition, such grounds would not of themselves warrant the protection of the convention.